You would not believe the week I have had. I was planning on taking part in the BBAW festivities, but the work events of this week completely put paid to that. Probably my previous worst-ever week multiplied by ten. Gah.
I have a KINDLE 3!!!
Yeah, I caved and ordered one a few weeks back. It was meant to arrive next week, so it landing on my doorstep this morning was a pleasant surprise.
It almost makes up for the week I have had. Almost.
- It’s slim. Slightly tapered sides, so it looks a lot slimmer than my Sony (just done a side-by-side comparison and the Kindle is actually slimmer).
- I like the colour (graphite, i.e. grey) a lot. There wasn’t an option to get the white version (maybe that’s a US-only colour), but I think I would have chosen graphite anyway. It’s also a matt plastic, which makes it prettier IMO.
- It’s light. I may get a cover for it. Not sure if I should go for the official Kindle covers they’re selling on Amazon or something else. Anyone have recs?
- The refresh rate is so much faster than my Sony (which, admittedly, is two generations behind the current model). But when I flip pages, or type, the refresh rate is pretty amazing. Or have I just been stuck in the dark ages?
- I said type. Yes, the mini keyboard. The Kindle is actually only ever so slightly longer than my Sony (which doesn’t have a keyboard), because the Sony has all the space under the screen for buttons. I’ve logged on to my home wifi network and had no problems using the keyboard. But then, I’m used to a Blackberry keyboard as well.
- Good user experience. Packaging very easy to open and tells you exactly what to do first, i.e. plug it into your PC (or wall outlet) and charge. I was slightly taken aback when the instructions disappeared after I plugged it into my USB port, before realising that they were actually displayed on the eink screen – I thought they were on a plastic insert over the screen!
- Which brings me to the excellent screen quality. Very crisp and clear, and I’m sitting in a sunlit room at the moment. Though I haven’t read a book yet nor done a direct comparison to my Sony, it all looks good.
- Very intuitive design. I haven’t had to refer to the user guide for anything (though I did flip through because I’m obsessive like that). So far, I’ve synced it up to my Amazon Kindle account, downloaded a free book, and connected to my home wifi without having to use the guide. Though I am fairly techie and obviously have a ereader already.
So there you have it – my immediate thoughts on my oh-so-pretty Kindle.
I’m slightly worried at the moment, as the Kindle appears to be going through an update and start-up cycle. For the second time. In the time it’s taken me to write this post. If it heads into a third cycle, I may panic.
But I’m very pleased with it.
Now I need some good Kindle blogs – does anyone have any recs?